Alicia Hilton is an author, law professor, arbitrator, actor, and former FBI Special Agent. She believes in angels and demons, magic and monsters. Ever since she was a little girl and saw a ghost, she’s been fascinated by the supernatural. Alicia writes hopepunk—speculative fiction, neo-noir, and poetry about bravery and resistance. Her horror stories are gritty, but there is always a glimmer of hope, and a splash of dark humor. Alicia’s recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in Akashic Books, Best Indie Speculative Fiction Volume 3, Daily Science Fiction, DreamForge, Demain Publishing UK, Litro, Vastarien, Year’s Best Hardcore Horror Volumes 4 & 5, and elsewhere.
Alicia has taught writing workshops through MWA and RWA, and has been a guest speaker at more than sixty law schools, including Harvard, the University of Chicago, the University of Pennsylvania, Northwestern University, and the University of Southern California. She received her BA in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley, and her JD and MA from the University of Chicago. Alicia is an arbitrator with FINRA, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. She also is an adjunct professor at the UIC John Marshall Law School.
As an FBI Special Agent, Alicia was a member of a foreign counterintelligence squad, and worked undercover in two long-term criminal cases, posing as a drug dealer with ties to organized crime. Now, Alicia enjoys playing different personalities on the stage and screen. She’s had acting roles with NBC’s Chicago PD, Fox’s Empire & Proven Innocent, Showtime’s The Chi, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and the Joffrey Ballet.